GS1 Canada Named as Finalist in the 2006 Canadian Information Productivity Awards GS1 Canada Named as Finalist in the 2006 Canadian Information Productivity Awards
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GS1 Canada Named as Finalist in the 2006 Canadian Information Productivity Awards

-- Canada’s most prestigious and longest-running IT awards program recognizes Canadian organizations for their innovative use of technology --

TORONTO, ON, October 26, 2006  – The Canadian Information Productivity Awards (CIPA) has announced GS1 Canada as a 2006 Finalist Achievement Award recipient and will compete for the 2006 Awards of Excellence at the CIPA Gala Banquet on November 1, 2006.

“To be recognized by CIPA as a finalist for our work with ECCnet Registry is an honour, considering CIPA is the premier information technology and innovation awards program in Canada,” says Art Smith, CEO, GS1 Canada. “It is rewarding to know that our efforts to improve our industry through innovative technology have been acknowledged on a national scale.”

CIPA’s awards program commemorates organizations that have applied IT innovation to improve productivity and efficiency throughout the organization. Finalists for the annual awards are selected from entries submitted by public and private organizations of all sizes and types across Canada.

GS1 Canada was selected as one of this year’s finalists based on an entry that outlined its use of ECCnet Registry, Canada's national product registry. ECCnet Registry is an online, standardized product registry containing detailed product information to allow synchronized and electronic data exchange between trading partners. Product listing through ECCnet Registry is already a standard term and condition of trade in the Canadian grocery, pharmacy and foodservice sectors.

“CIPA is pleased to acknowledge GS1 Canada’s accomplishment,” said Norm Kirkpatrick, President and CEO, CIPA. GS1 Canada has established that ECCnet Registry reduces supply chain costs by maintaing accurate, synchronized product data in one central location, and thereby is a benefit to the supply chain.”

ECCnet Registry creates a level playing field where all suppliers, from the smallest to the largest, have equal opportunity to make their product information available to the trading community. Similarly, retailers/distributors, regardless of size, will gain access to a range of products, limited only by which suppliers choose to participate in the registry.

CIPA awards promote best practices from private and public sector organizations as examples for other Canadian organizations, highlighting ways to transform the operations of their organizations through the adoption of new processes and technologies. Above all, the CIPA awards prove year after year that Canada is a growing hub for global innovation.

About GS1 Canada
GS1 Canada is a not-for-profit organization that promotes and maintains global standards for the identification of goods, locations and related e-commerce communication, such as bar code issuance and maintenance. GS1 Canada is the only authorized source for globally unique company prefixes in Canada, a standard term and condition of trade globally. It provides a range of educational opportunities, maintains ECCnet Registry, Canada’s national product registry, and offers one-stop access to product images and dimensional data. As technologies like Electronic Product Code™/Radio Frequency Identification (EPC/RFID) continue to drive the e-commerce revolution, GS1 Canada will provide the leadership to help ensure that Canadian companies can participate competitively. For more information, visit

About the Canadian Information Productivity Awards

CIPA is Canada’s oldest and largest awards program in the field of information technology and the premier showcase for Canadian IT and innovation. It is supported by Managing Sponsor CGI Group Inc., and leading industry technology companies Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co. and CA Canada, as well as: IDC Canada, research partner; Rogers Communications Inc., IT World Canada and High Road Communications, media partners, and allied technology associations CATA, CHITTA, CIPS, COACH, CME, FiQ and ITAC.

The mission of CIPA is to recognize and celebrate excellence that fosters innovation and enhanced global competitiveness in Canada. This is achieved through recognizing organizations that have successfully developed and implemented innovative IT-based projects in the areas of customer care, operations and efficiency, organizational transformation and exceptional innovation that achieve significant productivity gains for their organizations.

Winners of the annual competition gain national and international recognition at the CIPA Gala Banquet in November and through extensive media exposure and on

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For more information, contact:
Noreen Awan
GS1 Canada
416-510-8039 ext. 2125

Lawrence Moule
Director of Communications
Canadian Information Productivity Awards


Coralie Olson
High Road Communications